simple sausage & red lentil soup

suasage and lentil soup

I’m always looking for lunches that are healthy, approved filling and really easy to make. Work has been so hectic, I haven’t been able to get to the grocery store in over a week. A new record for me, I believe. So, when I realized I had nothing to pack for lunch this morning, it was time to get creative with leftovers and pantry supplies.

I had a couple of leftover Chicken Garlic sausages, cans of fire-roasted green chile tomatoes, frozen brown rice and a bag of red lentils. A couple of cubes of vegetable buillion, some sherry vinegar and fresh tarragon leaves all went into the pot for a surprisingly flavorful soup. The sherry vinegar and green chiles gave it a really nice kick, and the sausage, lentils and brown rice add a good variety of textures.

Even if you think you don’t have anything to eat, you can usually forage for a good meal in your pantry. It’s a great way to challenge yourself and to use up some of those forgotten items from the back of the shelf.

Simple Sausage & Red Lentil Soup
You can easily make this vegetarian by substituting the sausage for vegetarian sausage or a bit more brown rice. I also suspect some lemon juice would be a great addition, but I didn’t have any on hand.

2 cooked sausages, chopped (I used the Roasted Garlic variety from al fresco)
16 oz. red lentils
2 cubes vegetable buillion
6 cups water
1 15 oz. can diced fire-roasted tomatoes with green chiles (Muir Glen of course)
1 cup cooked brown rice
2 tbsp. Sherry vinegar
big pinch chili flakes
1.5 tbsp. fresh tarragon leaves

Heat a large, heavy-bottom pot over medium. Add the lentils, water, buillion, sausage and tomatoes. Once the liquid starts to bubble a bit, reduce the heat to low, cover and let simmer for 20 minutes. Add the brown rice, vinegar and chili flakes and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat, then stir in the tarragon leaves. Taste and salt if needed.


  1. Your food styling is starting to look very professional. How do you have time for that in the morning?

  2. Ha! I wake up at 5:30 – 6, don’t take very long to get ready and don’t have to be at work until 9:30 :)

    Thank you for the compliment!

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  4. Hey, I just cooked this recipe and its delicious! Thanks so much.

  5. Nico – Awesome! Glad you liked it :)

  6. Hi there-
    Just stumbled across your blog and it has been a total blessing! I’m currently on a gluten-free, wheat-free diet right now (to my dismay) and whether you realized it or not, you have many tasty and easy recipes that have saved my life. Thanks for sharing your creations!

  7. Hi Lindsey – I’m glad I could help you out, and am very sorry to heat about your wheat-free diet. That must be really tough! If need any help coming up with substitutions, email me at melcamero[at]gmail[dot]com and I’ll be more than happy to help!

  8. Thank you so much, I enjoy reading about other vegetarians as it gives me the strength to continue. I have about a thousand vegetarian feeds in my google reader, but another can’t hurt!! I did manage to find a good lentil recipes here, but I’ll be sure to try yours too. Thanks!

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